Of Mice and Men: iPads, smartboards and how we acquire technology for education

in the latest news about scandals regarding technology acquisition for schools, it is only fair to ask ourselves:
how much involved do we WANT/NEED to be in the decision making process regarding such timely issue.
How much do we need to educate ourselves on 1. technology? 2. application of technology in education? compatible choices of technology, including performance, prices and brands? Do we discuss such issues or just let people above us and/or elected by us make the choices? What is your opinion?

What is your opinion about open source and alternative mobile devices?

The LA School iPad Scandal: What You Need To Know

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/08/27/343549939/the-l-a-school-ipad-scandal-what-you-need-to-know

conferences and related events regarding technology in education

Looking to attend and/or present at appropriate event regarding technology in education?
Please have a tentative list below.
Do you know an event, which is worth presenting/attending? Please contribute!

by Barry Dahl (Greg Jorgensen) - link to a list of conferences regarding e-learning:

http://www.scoop.it/t/e-learning-conferences

campus technology conf. - boston - http://events.campustechnology.com/Events/CT-Summer-Educational-Technology-Conference/Home.aspx
educause - anaheim – October - http://www.educause.edu/annual-conference
devlearn las vegas – October - http://www.elearningguild.com/DevLearn/content/2825/devlearn-2013-conference-and-expo---home/?gclid=CJj7usLCy7gCFdBaMgodeR8AoQ
dist. learning - ann arbor -- ??
iste (intl soc. tech ed)  july – Atlanta - http://www.isteconference.org/2014/
aect (assoc education communications and tech) - oct 29 - 2 nov, Anaheim - http://aectorg.yourwebhosting.com/events/Louisville/default.asp
ascd (assoc of supervision and curricular dev) - november 1 - 3, las vegas - http://www.ascd.org/conferences/conference-on-educational-leadership/2013-registration.aspx#payment
salt (soc. of applied learning and tech) - august 14 - 16, reston, VA - http://www.salt.org/dc/washingtonR.asp?pn=wPrices
National Forum on Active Learning Classrooms  - august - u of m - http://www.cce.umn.edu/National-Forum-on-Active-Learning-Classrooms/index.html
D2L Fusion - july – Nashville – http://fusion.desire2learn.com
Sloan c - november disney world, florida - http://sloanconsortium.org/conference/2013/aln/registration
QM - october 1-4, Nashville - https://www.qualitymatters.org/5th-annual-conference-2013-0
distance teaching and learning - madison - august 7 – 9 - http://www.uwex.edu/disted/conference/2013_Registration.cfm
LERN  - san fran. - nov. 21 – 23 - http://www.lern.org/conference/

CCUMC – october 9-13 – Chicago – http://www.ccumc.org/2013-conference-rates

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) http://www.usdla.org/2014_national_conference/home.html